Monthly Archives: February 2018

Pentecostalism as the Second Protestant Reformation

A few years ago, I followed a fascinating social media discussion about the use of icons in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. Orthodox Christians regard images of Christ and the Apostles blessed by a priest as representing the actual presence of … Continue reading

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If Only Reporters Were More Intellectually Curious

Recently I ran across this quote, ascribed to novelist Stephen King, on a social media site:¬† “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: Read a lot, and write a lot.” Whether not … Continue reading

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A Commonwealth sans Monarch

A special interest of mine and one to which I’ve devoted a considerable amount of reading is the Commonwealth of Nations, the successor to the old British Empire. The Commonwealth is a monument, arguably the noblest and most conspicuous one, … Continue reading

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Poland and Israel: Two Nations Forged by Suffering and Dispossession

This protracted Polish/Jewish argument over who was complicit in the Holocaust has taken a bit of a bizarre turn recently. And I knew that sooner or later, the rather odious figure of Chaim Rumkowski, the head of the Lodz Ghetto, … Continue reading

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The Limits of Autodidacticism

Reading an article about the strange Hitlerian and Nazi fixation with Welteislehre, World Ice Theory,¬†prompted some reflections on Adolph Hitler’s strange legacy of autodidacticism. Despite their vastly different childhoods, both Hitler and Churchill read voraciously and were largely the products … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Legacy of Billy Graham

Rev. Billy Graham has died, leaving behind one of evangelical Christianity’s most successful and illustrious preaching careers, one that spanned the administrations of twelve U.S. presidents and that left an indelible, lasting mark on the history of American religion. I … Continue reading

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Science Fiction as Improvised Religion

Within the last couple of centuries, science fiction has served humanity as part searchlight, part sentinel, part prophetic voice. Originally known as “fantastic fiction” and “speculative fiction,” this artistic genre – genre almost seems an understatement in this context – … Continue reading

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